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Thought for May

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk-- honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” 
― Samuel Scoville Jr.Wild Folk

New Honorary Member for RWBTRC

RWBTRC is proud and honoured to announce that Colonel Ed Heal OBE, Commandant, Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at MoD Lyneham, has accepted the invitation to become an Honorary Member of the Club and strengthen the developing relationship between RWB and the Military community at Lyneham.  The photograph below shows Club President Tom Knibbs presenting Col Heal with his Honorary Membership Certificate.

Spring Tea Party for 110 Senior Residents

Saturday 6 May saw the fourth Spring Tea event run by the Rotary Club with support from Age Concern and RWB Town Council.  We held the event in the Town's Memorial Hall which was totally transformed by the decorated tables and all the bunting draped across the room.  First came the Swing Band from RWB Academy who entertained the assembling old folks and kicked off with a few WW2 songs before moving on to a mix of music and songs that demonstrated the enormous skill of these young musicians and had feet tapping around the hall.  Next came TEA with sandwiches lovingly prepared by the Rotary Wives and a cacophony of cakes in all shapes, sizes and colours.  To finish off, there were trifles kindly donated by Aldi Supermarkets.  Then it was time for some more entertainment - this time for the Cantanti Choir who performed a selection of songs form the 'lighter' end of their extensive repertoire.  And if that was just quite enough fun for the afternoon, we finished off with a raffle that delighted the many prizewinners.

The Party was honoured with the presence of RWB Mayor, Councillor Mary Champion with her Consorts and the Town Crier, Owen Collier (seen below with Rotary Club President Tom Knibbs).  It was another very happy event and huge thanks go to all those who planned, organised and executed it.  We'll be back next year!

To see all the photos of the event, select 'Galleries' from the top menu


We're Supporting "Brighter Futures"

 RWBTRC will be supporting Swindon's Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

Each year hundreds of Swindon Cancer patients travel on average 2,500 miles to receive essential Radiotherapy treatment. At one of the most vulnerable times in their lives they make this journey away from their support network.

The appeal needs to raise £3 million in order to equip Swindon with 2 specialist linear accelerators.

Brighter Futures, the charity for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are running an appeal in order to provide this equipment onsite in Swindon. This is in partnership with Oxford University Hospital who will build the facility. Your donation directly, or through a RWBTRC fund rasing event, will be used to purchase the equipment required to provide local people with radiotherapy in Swindon.

With eight people every day being diagnosed with Cancer most of us either know someone effected or have been personally affected-this is our chance to support the biggest improvement in Cancer care in Swindon for over a generation.

Please help when you see the Brighter Futures logo


 Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town.   We are a small but active group of ladies and men committed to changing people's lives through our fundraising activities in the local community.  We have supported charities in our own community and as far afield as Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. Alongside our charitable work, we aim to have fun and enjoy each other's company through an ongoing programme of meetings and events.

RWBTRC is proud of its connection with the town which is situated towards the southern extreme of the Cotswolds and just north of the Marlborough Downs.  Now a small market town, Royal Wootton Bassett was originally larger than its neighbour, but has become very well known around the world for the dignified respect that was given when the bodies of servicemen killed overseas were repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham.  As a result of these selfless and spontaneous acts of respect and remembrance, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the Town in October 2011 when HRH The Princess Royal handed the Letters Patent to the Mayor, Councillor Paul Heaphy.   Although the repatriations moved to RAF Brize Norton following the closure of RAF Lyneham, the Town - and RWBTRC - maintains close contact with the military in general and has been a proud supporter of Help for Heroes through the annual calendar project.  More information on the Community and the Local Area may be found on the Town Council website.


The Club's annual activities have now become focused on 4 activities: a Charity Shop; a Golf Day; a Remembrance Ball and a Charity Calendar. The Charity Shop depends upon the availability of empty premises in the Town and a more permanent site would be welcomed, as it is a very popular 'fundraiser' for the Club's charities raising over £2000 in 2016 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  If any of our readers knows of a suitable shop that we might use, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page.

We have managed, each year, to secure the generous support of local businesses for the calendar so that the Limited Edition print run can been entirely funded by donations.  This has meant that every penny raised has, and will, go to "worthy causes" and the sum raised from the 2016 calendar was divided between Help for Heroes, Brighter Futures (the GWH Radiotherapy Unit Appeal), and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Local businesses also help our cause by selling the calendars on our behalf.  The summer event is the Golf Day, usually held in July and from which the proceeds have recently been channeled to Brighter Futures.  In the days leading up to Christmas we take "Father Christmas" in his sleigh around the streets and neighbourhoods of Royal Wootton Bassett with a band of eager helpers and some joyful seasonal music.  The wonderful folks of Royal Wootton Bassett regularly donate over £1500 to Rotary charities during ther 3 weeks leading up to Christmas.  

In addition, we hold annual Street Collections for our Worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign and to raise money to support the victims of natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippinnes in November 2013; the generosity of the Townsfolk is always humbling in its selflessness.  We also raise funds to send a local teenager each year on Rotary's own "Leadership Award" course.

But our efforts are not solely geared to fund raising, and we have a regular programme of Speaker Evenings and Fellowship Evenings as well as an entry to the District Quiz, District Skittles and - recently - District Boules competitions.  Our motto is 'Service Above Self' but we try to make sure that every 'service' or fundraising activity is founded on a strong fellowship between the Members and their families.  Recently we have enjoyed Dog-Racing Nights at Blunsdon Stadium, a Curry Supper Evenings at the Ganges Restaurant and a Barbecue at one of our Member's home.  We also hold an annual Quiz Night, a Horse Racing Night and produce an entry for the Town's Carnival.

Reports of our past fun and fundraising activities appear on this page for about a month and are then filed under the major activity groups: International, Community and Youth - and Rotary's own charity - Foundation.  These folders, photograph galleries and reports can be accessed through the menus at the top of the page.

 An Invitation to You 

The Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) welcomes visitors to its meetings on a Monday evening and is always seeking to increase the Club membership.  Please visit our Meetings and Events pages to see what we do, or Contact us if you would like to send an e-mail to the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club on any topic. 

The direct access website address is and if you would like to visit the website of our 'Mother Club' - the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett and District (RWB&DRC) - which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, please click here

As a final reminder, there are two Rotary Clubs in Royal Wootton Bassett.  This is the website of the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) but the Events calendar sometimes includes events that are being organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club (RWB&DRC) ; you should go to their Website for more information on these activities.

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The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts We meet on Mondays at 1930 (for a 1945 start on the First and Third Monday only - for Second and Fourth Mondays contact Secretary) The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts SN4 8ER tel: 01793 842800

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